Celebrating Imperfection…

You might remember a few weeks ago, I shared a review of a pre-release book that I had the privilege of reading whilst on holidays.

The book was ‘So Close to Amazing’ by the lovely KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm.



Well, today is the LAUNCH day of this book and I’m so excited for KariAnne.

The book has already reached #1 best seller on Amazon…. can you believe that!!

You can pick it up on all the usual book sites… these are my affiliate links to ‘So Close to Amazing’ on Amazon and Book Depository.

There’s even a fabulous GIVEAWAY on KariAnne’s blog Thistlewood Farm, so make sure you pop on over there too.


So Close to Amazing Slideshow from mark presley on Vimeo.

Here’s a re-cap of my review of this fabulous book…

Kari’s writing style is engaging, fun and completely honest… just like her blog.

She made me feel like I was sitting alongside her taking tea on her patio, while she chatted about her life…. the adventures of a new farmhouse in a new town, her hilarious DIY mishaps and of course, her always unfailing optimism and humour that are synonymous with this lovely lady.

While her book was filed with humorous tales and occasional slip ups, there was also a vulnerability with deep heart and soul moments that took me from laughing so hard in one chapter to reaching for the tissues in another.


So Close to Amazing - book by KariAnne Wood - review on Shabby Art Boutique


This book is completely relatable… because I often miss the mark too and even though I have this picture in my mind of achieving something ‘Amazing’, sometimes I just can’t quite pull it off…

But thanks to KariAnne, from now on I can be happy with those imperfections and perhaps even embrace being… ‘So Close To Amazing’.

The book also contains beautiful DIY project ideas anyone can do, whether you’re Pinterest perfect or craft challenged… homemade signs, centerpieces, recipe walls, and more!

Without hesitation, I whole heartedly recommend this book to all my Shabby Art Boutique readers.


May your day be as amazing as you are!



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  1. Thank you SO much for the shout out friend!!!!!!!!!! I cannot thank you enough! You have been there from the very beginning and I value your friendship!
    So blessed to have you in my life!
    Happy day!

  2. What a beautiful review Kerry, and I trust every word knowing you as I do, special lady xx. This book sounds like my kind of read, thank you for the heads up, and congratulations to the lovely KariAnne!
    Vikki xxxxx

    • Vikki, my friend, this is very much a book I know you will love. KariAnne touches on her faith throughout the book and even though I’m of a different faith, I still thoroughly enjoyed and related to her stories and wonderment. If you enjoy her Thistlewood Farm blog, you’ll be wowed by her book. Hugs sweetie xxx

  3. Thanks to your previous post, I ordered the book on Amazon. Can’t wait to read it!

  4. What are the chances of having a KerryAnne review a book by a KariAnne — two unusual names! I entered to win this book somewhere, so I hope I win!

    • Yes…. lol. I think we pronounce them slightly different, but they are unusual. Good luck with the giveaway!! 🙂

  5. Think this is one book would be willing to buy even if I didn’t win it. Would have my youngest daughter read also. Respecting your recommendation is enuf for me to want to buy and read. Can hardly wait to order, thanks for delightful heads up.
    Happy week

  6. Thanks for the review, it looks amazing ♥ Alexandra

  7. So sweet of you Kerryanne to do this nice book review for KariAnne’s new book. She is so amazing and on such a beautiful journey.

  8. Beautiful book, so nice of you to share it Kerryanne! You are one of best blogger friends here, so glad there is still such a selfless people here! xoxo

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